EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF THE RARE 30-CENT 1861 FIRST COLOR. AN EXTREMELY RARE STAMP IN COMPLETELY SOUND CONDITION.
Our census of the 30c 1861 First Color (available at http://siegelauctions.com/enc/census/61.pdf ) contains a total of 30 examples, including one in the Miller collection at The New York Public Library. A characteristic common to most examples of the 30c 1861 First Color is faint creasing, which in some cases is very severe and in others barely visible. Six stamps with original gum are free of faults, although a few have a trivial nibbed perf or two. All of the sound stamps are centered to one side (as are most of the others). Our October 28, 2008 auction of the Perry Hansen Collection contained one of the others (Siegel Sale 963, lot 487), which realized $62,500 hammer.
Census No. 61-OG-02. Ex Lessmann, McNall, Weisman and Whitman. With 1971, 1992 and 2009 P.F. and 1993 P.S.E. certificates.